Letters, calls and emails: Sick patients will suffer for extended access

Dear Editor

The DoH plans to take 60 quality framework points from the clinical domain to fund extended hours.

I look forward to hearing which area of high-quality care will be sacrificed to provide healthcare to largely fit and working people. Care of cancer victims, perhaps; they don't pay much tax. How about BP and cholesterol management? Is this no longer a priority?

Without being puerile, surely the DoH must realise that quality money is spent to provide high-quality care, and if money must now be spent to keep an office open at hours requiring overtime rates, other patient groups must suffer. I hope the government will break the news to those who will suffer, leaving the medical profession to do the best that we can, as we always have.

Dr Colin Fraser, Arbroath, Angus.

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